Below is an excerpt of an article on “the missionary challenge” in the Apostle Paul’s life. It was written by John Piper 35 years ago. If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, Paul is a great role model to learn from.
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If you were to ask Paul, “Well, if it is Christ that accomplishes everything in your missionary life and gets all the glory, what do you do?” he would answer, “I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.
I trust his sovereign grace to conquer the greed and fear and vanity of my heart.
I trust his sovereign grace to give me hope when I am depressed and friendship when I am lonely and spiritual power in the face of satanic forces and words of truth and wisdom when I need to preach.
I trust his sovereign grace to give me love when I am hated and peace when I am surrounded by turmoil and perseverance when I feel like quitting and want to go home.
And I trust him to give me just enough health and protection to do the work he called me to do, as long as he has called me to do it, and just enough sickness and danger to keep me deep and earnest and real in my prayers.
When you step out in faith like this on the way to the frontiers, it is not you who step but Jesus Christ. And forty years from now when you write your last missionary letter you will know exactly why Paul said, “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me–to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.